Package It , Sell It , And Someone Is Bound To Buy It ………

Package It , Sell It , And Someone Is Bound To Buy It ………

By tophatal …….

So as a precursor to the NFL’s big postseason ——- extravaganza (Superbowl 46 [SBXLVI])…. the NFL Pro Bowl that pitted the AFC against the NFC in a game that now simply defies all logic ! . The idiocy of the event has become meaningless and nonsensical for the fact that the players involved simply are not participating in an event that is meant to be remotely competitive . Essentially it becomes a game merely for the fans to see some of their heroes and not much beyond that ! At what point will the NFL actually realize that the fans really want to see a match-up that actually is something of substance rather than a damn circus ! Clearly Goodell and the owners simply see the Pro Bowl as another money making exercise that benefits the league and not much else . I seriously doubt that the economic impact for the state of Hawaii and in particular for the island of Honolulu is all that great to be begin with !

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Anyone who witnessed the mess on display in Honolulu , Hawaii, in thinking that this was something of merit . Then they really need to take a look at the facade that is in place and being sold by Commissioner Roger Goodell as he seeks global dominance and a presence for the NFL brand. In CBS’ news magazine program “60 Minutes” host Steve Kroft gave us a behind the scenes look at the NFL commissioner who as the league’s highest ranking executive oversees a $10 billion a year industry at the behest of the league’s 32 owners . Franchisees such as Steve Biscotti and Robert Kraft simply lauded Goodell and his efforts since assuming control as the commissioner from his predecessor Paul Tagliabue in 2007.

The commissioner who recently signed a seven year contract extension that expires in 2019 , will now oversee the league under his authoritarian and autocratic rule . Goodell is generously compensated to the tune of $10 million a year and given that the league hierarchy during their league mandated lockout were in essence trying to abate the demands of the NFLPA (union) , specifically that of the union’s Executive Committee led by DeMaurice Smith , executive director of the NFLPA. I find it somewhat asinine that Goodell saw fit to avoid the questions concerning the NFL profiting from the largesse of the municipalities where there are franchises domiciled with the very fact that so many of the NFL teams in terms of the stadiums where they play are in fact government-funded .

Personally when it comes to such issues where you have billionaire franchise owners who parade their teams as being community based and a major contributor to the economies of the cities may well great for those communities in large part . But herein lies my question to this all , when is it appropriate for these owners to believe that is in the residents’ best interests to be funding multi-billion dollar venues that in large in terms of their tax burden but at the same these very owners will seek to blackmail city official in order to get their own way. Steve Kroft for his part , simply didn’t delve deep enough into this sole issue instead as host the conversation was about the NFL market place and the very fact that now appears to labor peace with the league having set aside $1 billion to aid in the health issues of retired veterans and the research into blunt force head trauma and concussions. Something that in spite of years of evidence the league sought to ignore until it became a ‘ tour-de-force’ in the public eye in terms of a nationwide debate and there being multiple such injuries being suffered by noted players in the NFL.

At the end of the day though in part informative , it was in essence a “powder puff” piece that sought to show a softer but also sterner side to the NFL commissioner . Granted, the only owners on hand during the segue were two of Goodell’s biggest supporters , who were if anything his greatest benefactors in throwing their lot behind the executive when he sought to succeed Paul Tagliabue . <a href=”http://www.baltimoreravens.com/team/People/Staff/Executive/Steve_Bisciotti.aspx”&gt; Steve Bisciotti and Robert Kraft , given their league wide influence also just happen to be two of the wealthiest , though not the wealthiest owners in the NFL ___ the duo have a combined net worth that exceeds $4.5 billion . As owners of the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots respectively both of these men have seen the values of their franchises increase exponentially over the last . Even more so these values have increased higher than the rate of inflation . And that is in spite of a downturn in th economy that began during the turmoil of 2008 and which shows no apparent signs of abating .

Overall this somewhat trite expose` on the commissioner didn’t as such raise the profile of the man but simply gave us insight of what he views as such , is needed to make the NFL sporting behemoth that it has become . Something of which I for one believe that the hierarchies of MLB , NBA and NHL whose commissioner Gary Bettman has shown a propensity to shoot himself in the foot more often than not , thereby hurting the image of the league he presides over .

In large part, the NFL has been lucky enough this season where there have chapters to it all , that has brought a great deal of drama with some yet unfinished business to be dealt with . What else could the commissioner and the league hierarchy ask for than a a reprise of Superbowl 42 (SBXLII) which will once again has the New England Patriots facing off against the New York Giants this Sunday in Superbowl 46 (SBXLVI) . With a national television audience set to exceed 150 million viewers and 1.3 billion across the globe this event has the makings of the sort of extravaganza that not even a renowned Hollywood script writer could have dreamed up .

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There’s no denying that the NFL brand has become a financial behemoth that nets the league untold profits , albeit that as a private concern rather than a public corporation we are not privy to their actual finances and the profits garnered . But herein lies this whole facade rarely does an NFL franchise make the capital outlay for any of the venues in which their games are actually hosted . Do you as such feel that is to the detriment or the benefit of the cities in which the NFL teams are based ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on this and any else you believe to be pertinent to the subject matter .

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(1) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is seen here alongside 60 Minutes’ presenter Steve Kroft along the sidelines at M&T Stadium in Baltimore Maryland prior to Baltimore Ravens game against the Houston Texans . . Courtesy of CBS News ………

(2) Goodell is seen here with Steve Kroft at the NFL headquarters in New York simply having a some fun during the interview. Courtesy pf CBS News ….

(3) Steve Bisciotti , the multi-billionaire owner of the Baltimore Ravens sits back while enjoying the comforts of a cigar . AFP/Getty Images/ Stuart Janson . ..

(4) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (C), NFL owners Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers (L) and Robert Kraft of the Patriots leave court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on April 15, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners when labor talks between the two broke down last month. Getty Images North America / Hannah Foslien ……

(5) Philip Rivers (17) of the San Diego Chargers and Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints shake hands after the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Getty Images North America /Kent Nishimura ….

(6) Cam Newton (1) of the Carolina Panthers passes against the AFC team during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC would go on to defeat the NFC 59-41 in a high scoring and somewhat less than riveting game . Kent Nishimura / Getty Images North America ……

(7) Maurice Jones-Drew (32) of the Jacksonville Jaguars is stopped by the NFC defense during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images North America) …..

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22 thoughts on “Package It , Sell It , And Someone Is Bound To Buy It ………

  1. Ah the NFL Pro Bowl game another reason for me to desire watching a couple of or seveal hot chics wrestling in a vat or inflatable pool filled with jello or in mud for that matter ! ‘nough said on the subject !

    What really is the basis behind the Pro Bowl to begin with ? It’s merely a further incentive for the players in terms of bonuses and that’s even when they have had something of a piss poor season to begin with !

    That’s it you explain to me which you’d prefer to see this or the damn Pro Bowl game ?

    “Sarah you do realize we’ll have to shower together afterwards don’t you ” ?

    Now that’s more like it !

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    tophatal ……………….

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    1. chappy81

      Believe me , you’re not the only one with the same predisposition with regard to the Pro Bowl and the game itself . It’s meaningless as are the other All Star events with the exception of the MLB All Star Game which at least adds an incentive for the teams vying for a > playoff berth at the end of each regular season . And that’s what makes the precursor to postseason so exciting as we look to see how the teams will fare in the final days leading up to final day of the regular season within baseball .

      Ooh la la !

      Lingerie Bowl in Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center in , Las Vegas . Nevada , Ferburary 2011 .

      Amen ! Bring on the “honey dips ” !

      As for the Lingerie League and their Bowl championship game what’s not to like about that event ? I’d rather watch that spectacle than the show put on in Honolulu by the NFL as an enticement they say to lure and show their fans their appreciation ! It’s sheer hokum on Goodell’s part and that of the team owners . They already make a killing during the preseason with their over priced tickets and a watered down product to begin with , without having to have the fans once again part with their hard earned money, be it discretionary spending or otherwise . Never mind the fact that things are so expensive throughout Hawaii but particularly on the island of Honolulu itself .

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    1. Sam’ Sports Brief

      The Pro Bowl game elicits about as much excitement for me as it would me having to stare at naked pictures of Rosie O’Donnell ! Nothing says crap more than her and the so called “Pro Bowl ” game annually hosted in Honolulu , , Hawaii by the NFL ! It’s merely being done so that the players can be further rewarded with incentives that in large part many of them are not totally deserving of !

      As to the Pro Bowl itself the game wasn’t that special and if you’re enamored with players playing half-hearted then you’re being drawn in by the premise that the game actually means something . It actually doesn’t mean a damn thing other than the players being financially rewarded even in light of many of them under-achieving during the regular season .

      Marhsall might be the only worthwhile thing watching when the Dolphins played during their regular season schedule. Albeit that the ‘phins finished a rather disappointing third in the AFC East with a 6-10 record . .

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      1. chappy81

        To be honest I’d like to know from Goodell what are the actual demographics in terms of viewers watching the Pro Bowl ! If the viewing figures are marginally above that of those who watch the NHL games during the regular season it wouldn’t surprise me at the same time it wouldn’t surprise me if they were lower ! By the way does anyone actually watch the NHL nowadays ? All of this asinine premise that because one damn outdoor game on a man-made rink elicits greater interest in the sport is like trying to suggest that Clay Aiken would be sexually aroused seeing Joan Rivers naked ! The only reason NBC shows the games it’s because of the low cost of production and the damn fact that as a sport’s broadcast outlet and content programmer they’re way behind their peers competitively and financially in terms of their content coverage . Let the hockey fans put that in their damn pipes and smoke it ! Miserly tv viewership for the NHL and nowhere the desired returns necessary in the markets that truly count .

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  2. I haven’t seen the Pro Bowl in like 4-5 yrs and I don’t plan on watching another one with its current format. I mean, the players aren’t even tryn, just ask Aaron Rodgers. Players jus show up for the free trip to Hawaii. The NHL knows that no one cares about the Pro Bowl so they schedule their All Star game on the same day, which I watched instead. I understand that players don’t want to get injured during the Pro Bowl so they might as well change the format up and have like a 7 v 7 flag football challenge or something.

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    1. jgome

      When I hear anyone now mention the Pro Bowl , to me it constitutes prostitutes plying their sexual favors for a high price ! In the case of the games ( NFL Pro Bowl) I have found them to be a god damn eyesore ! The games are not competitive and simply don’t mean a damn thing in the greater realm of things as it relates to the NFL . Anyone who believes otherwise is a damn fool !

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  3. Watching the pro bowl is a waste of my time (and i have so little left:).
    I love the way big business says it doesn’t need government until they start looking for a hand out.

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    1. aero

      You’ve got more than enough time on your hands I hear you’re being taxed at 15% just like Mitt Romney ? With all that time on your hands I’m sure that you’ve got the time to be counting out all of the wads of cash before sending it off to your offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      “Let me reiterate Mr Mullis and I are staunch hard working Americans and the fact that we are taxed at a rate of 15% doesn’t mean that we don’t identify with the vast majority of hard working members in and of the US workforce ” ! I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message ” .

      Are you now “Joe The Plumber” ? Just asking that’s all .

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    2. aero

      That’s why the FCC allows the cable program providers the stations that can supply us with copious amounts of porn 24 hrs a day . So when crap like the Pro Bowl is on the consumer can now go elsewhere for their own personal viewing gratification ! Nothing wrong in that !

      Porn it’s what every heterosexual male lives for !

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  4. I have not watched the Pro Bowl in so many years I have lost count. Once they detatch it from Hawaii for good and keep it in NFL cities the week before the Super Bowl, so many star players will decline to play it may finally be discontinued. Everything changes in life. Everything changes in sports. Do not be shocked if it goes away forever. If it wasn’t for the free trip to the Islands, it may have already departed the sporting scene a long time ago.

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    1. sportsattitudes

      Why watch the Pro Bowl when you can actually watch Mitt and Newt take snipes at each other while the whole world watches as the prospective idiots seeking the GOP Presidential nominee candidacy continue to make complete asses of themselves while not debating the issues but they are certainly acting like petulant kinder-garden kids !

      ” I’m a Reagan Conservative what are your credentials Mitt” ? Newt Gingrich & Mitt Romney .

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  5. Al,

    No contest. Women’s wrestling over the touch football ANY DAY.

    Brandon Marshall has a multi-TD day and subtly blasts his teamate MMoore for not being able to bring it like the Pro Bowl QBs. This fuken woman beater doesn’t realize he was playing against the Spanish Ole Defense.

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    1. Ronbets

      Women’s wrestling in almost any form be it in a vat of milk , jello or mud just as long as the participants aren’t obese females or pre-op and post op transsexual females then it’s fine by me !

      I bet you wouldn’t mind wrestling Bea Flora and getting her to submit ? I’d lick her ill-na-na ’til you’d have to drag me off her !

      Bea’s assets ebb and flow like the tide and that’s a vessel I wouldn’t mind riding or on !

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  6. The Lingerie game playing in my backyard @Orleans Arena. My only gripe is that PGA’er Mickelson has bigger tits that some of those gals.

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    1. Ronbets

      To me Lefty (Mickelson) will always be viewed as the guy who’s afraid of Woods’ shadow ! I for one don’t believe he’s got in him to win multiple majors beyond his current tally of 4 …..which to my mind should have been near or in double digits !


      Phil I’ve been using my wedge and 9 iron a lot recently how ’bout you ? Tiger Woods .

      Tiger’s conquests with his 9 iron and wedge . He’s got ho’s in different area codes . Let’s just hope he didn’t contract an STD along the way but who the ##ck cares anyway ?

      Two men who are no longer on the same path with regards to the game simply look at the , world rankings at present ? These two guys should be dominating the game not looking like also rans !

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  7. NFL is all about ther bucks. WEe foot the bill for their palaces. Ask Jerry Jones who forked over the money for his puffed uo self ass. It’s about the money. Sixty minutes is a joke. this is wht it is the BS network.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      That segue piece on CBS during “60 Minutes” was nothing more than a puff piece by the news’ magazine program . Steve Kroft couldn’t have placed his lips any further and more firmly upon Goodell’s butt-hole if it had been glued there !

      “Commissioner may I lick your matter as in fecal and then continue to kiss your ass ” ? CBS’ Steve Kroft

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    1. Chris Humpherys(@SportsChump)

      I’m trying to convince the girlfriend to make it (mud wrestling) part of our pass-time when it comes to being creative in the bedroom but without the mud and simply thrown in whipped cream and other assorted fruit whenever she stays at my place or I at her’s ! Your thoughts on the matter ?

      Bea Flora

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      Bea’s puppy’s are well worth viewing and snuggling up next to !

      Speaking of which how’d you feel about Bea Flora ? Her assets would make a CPA (certified public accountant) proud don’t you think ?

      tophatal ………..

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